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The longest match in tennis history finally came to an end on Thursday when American John Isner beat France's Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set of their titanic battle at Wimbledon.
Picking up at 59-59 in the fifth set, the match continued on serve with no break points until the American hit a backhand passing shot past the Frenchman in the 138th game of the set to finish the contest in front of a packed crowd on Court 18.
The amazing final score read: 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3) 70-68. The epic first-round encounter at Wimbledon was the longest match ever, lasting 11 hours, 5 minutes, over three days, with the fifth set alone lasting 8 hours, 11 minutes.
Isner and Mahut were presented with crystal bowls and champagne by former Wimbledon women's champion Ann Haydon-Jones and former British men's number one Tim Henman on behalf of the All England Club to mark their record-breaking match.
Jone Isner, Winner of the Longest Match, said, "I can't explain that. Obviously both players were serving - we both served really well. That's the main thing. But even in that case, you can't even imagine it going past 20-all. I don't know, I guess it was just meant to be or whatever. You know, I mean, in a way I'm kind of glad it happened, although I am pretty tired. It's pretty nice to be a part of that match."
|The longest match in tennis history finally came to an end on Thursday when American |
John Isner beat France's Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set of their titanic
battle at Wimbledon.